Thursday, April 24, 2003

Free Speech: Mrs. Meatstack?s Alma Mater is first

Via Instantpundit

Kelli?s Alma Mater is first on the list of schools targeted by FIRE to have their ?speech codes? challenged.

"It is time for somebody to say to public colleges and universities that the First Amendment is the law of the land," said Alan Charles Kors, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania and president of FIRE.

Protests: Granville Gay bashing

A Topeka Kansas anti-gay group is planning on protesting 7 churches, a High School, and a University in Granville Ohio this weekend.

And what a whirlwind schedule they have planned! Each place will get about ½ hour of screaming and yelling, then off to the next target.

Why they are hitting these targets? I’m not sure. But, the city council, rightfully I must add, granted them permits to protest.

I emailed the Catholic church in Granville to warn them about this about a week ago, but haven’t heard anything back about it. If I can peel myself off the mattress early enough to get out there, I’ll bring you a report.

Ohio Politics: When “No” means “Yes”

The state of Ohio is in a budget crunch. The voters refuse any new taxes, and Gov. Bob Taft has stated that he will veto any video lottery bills, despite the public’s desire to have them.

Personally, I don’t think gambling will completely solve this state’s budget deficit. But gambling can help lower the tax burden. It’s not like keeping gambling out of Ohio will stop Ohioans from gambling. I personally know many people who either go to the riverboats on the Ohio river, to West Virginia, or to Canada for gambling excursions. Why the NIMBY attitude?

In a referendum forthcoming, the people of Ohio will vote yet again on video gambling, but Lawmakers are attempting to trick the voting public in the question.

But when voters are asked whether Ohio should legalize gambling, they'll have to vote "no" if they want these machines, officially called "video lottery terminals" at Ohio's racetracks.

That's because the way the proposal is written, voters are asked if the state should be prohibited from operating electronic lottery devices at racetracks.

Our lawmakers at work.

Back in Action: Sorry for the Delay.

It’s been a rough week here at the Meatstack Institute for Free Thought. The wife and I got back into town on Monday, after a weekend of visiting parents in PA.

Tuesday and Wednesday were taken up by placement tests and applications. I’m planning on returning to college during the summer semester to broaden my skill set, and pad my resume.

There’s been some big stories that have come out this week. The Santorum story of course is still gaining momentum. But that is by far not the only story to come out this week. I’m going to try to catch up with my inbox in the next posts.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Santorum Watch: John's X Prime

John Scalzi gives us a great logical arguement on why Santorum's comments are so off kilter.

Give it a read.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Santorum Watch: Double dose

Let me ask you a question. Which do you think is more outlandish, more harmful, or more just…creepy?

A) Consensual sex among two adults of the same gender OR…
B) taking a corpse from the hospital to show your children.

If you said A is more disturbing than B, then you are just the kind of constituent Rick Santorum loves.

Quote from A:
"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything," Santorum, R-Pa., said in the interview, published Monday.

Information from B: (read the last paragraph):

He and his wife, Karen, have seven children - including, as Santorum puts it, "the one in Heaven." Their fourth baby, Gabriel Michael, died in 1996, two hours after an emergency delivery in Karen Santorum's 20th week of pregnancy. The couple took Gabriel's body home to let their three other young children see and hold the baby before burying him, according to Karen Santorum's book of the ordeal, "Letters to Gabriel."

What kind of twisted world is this guy living in?

Look for Dave over at Phugit to really dig into this.

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